Seeking their 23rd national title, Fort Lewis College Cycling heads to Asheville, NC January 5th-11th to contest the 2016 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships of Cyclocross (CX). The Skyhawks will start competition Friday the 8th at 10am with the Division 1 Men’s race, then at 1:20pm the Division 1 Women race. The main objective- the Team Omnium title where each collegiate race is scored then totaled to determine the overall team points leader. With that said, FLC has a few riders that can compete for the win and that goes a long way for Team Omnium points. Then on Saturday at 10:45am, the very important Collegiate 4×4 Team Relay that counts towards the Team Omnium takes place. The relay pits 1 rider from each 3-4 person team doing one lap of the ~2 mile course all out with females completing at least 2 laps to determine the fastest team. The Skyhawks finished 2nd in last years Relay.
Fort Lewis has won two CX national championships in the past, 19 x D1 Mountain Bike, 1 x D2 Road title and had many individual National Champions in all disciplines.
Sofia Gomez Villafane returns as the Skyhawks top female CX racer. She had a disappointing 2015 Collegiate D1 race in Austin, TX and is looking to return to the podium, if not the top step. On the Men’s side the ‘Hawks are deep, with 6 returning members of last year’s CX Nats squad. Seniors Cody Cupp, Kolben Preble and Payson McElveen have been riding very well of late and Sophomore Ian McPherson has a podium spot well within his sights.
The complete Fort Lewis College Cycling Cyclocross Nationals Team.
Kolben Preble – Sr.
Payson McElveen – Sr.
Cody Cupp – Sr.
Ryan Standish – Sr.
Ian McPherson – So.
Jon Anderson – So.
Cormac McGeough – So.
Sofia Gomez Villafane – Jr.
Jenna McPhearson – Sr.
McCauley Smith – So.
Erin Quinn – Jr.
The team will be coached by Elke Brutsaert and Ian Burnett with Dave Hagen as Director. Team Staff will include mechanics Jon Bailey, Phil Cowan, Lucas LeMaire and Allie Burnett.
Welcome Max Thilen as he covers the Skyhawks through the weekend with word, videos and photos on http://cycling.fortlewis.edu. Keep tabs on Facebook @FLC Cycling Team and on Instagram @flccycling and on Twitter @flccycling. Go Skyhawks!
For more info on 2015 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships: http://www.usacycling.org/2016/16cxnationals
Sofia Gomez Villafane – XC, ST, DH, DS, IO
Becky Gardener – DH, DS
Stephan Davoust – XC, ST, DH, DS, IO
FLC Cycling’s track season is once again coming to an end with USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals at the 7-11 Velodrome in Colorado Springs, CO Sept. 17-20, 2015. The cycling Skyhawks rapped up training with the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) championships in Colorado Springs at 7/11 Velodrome September 5th and 12th. The RMCCC Track Championships consisted of events to prepare riders for what they’ll competing in at Nationals and the Skyhawks faired well:
Track Coach Ian Burnett and the cycling staff have named the team that’ll head to the Springs. He says, “we are bringing the deepest, most experienced team to Track Nats that FLC has ever produced. The Nationals team has many members that have trained all summer at their local tracks and are coming into the week on great form.”
The FLC women and men will both compete in the Sprint (SP), Time Trail (TT), Individual Pursuit (IP), Points Race (PR), Scratch Race (SR), Team Pursuit (TP) and Team Sprint (TS). Senior Dean Haas will defend his Scratch Race win from last year and the other student athletes have been training hard in their specialties and all-important team events on their “home track”.
The 2015 Fort Lewis College Cycling Team Track Nationals Team:
Abraham, Emily – TT, IP, TP, SR, PR
Chaves, Maddie – SP, IP, TP, SR, PR
Edmonson, Sydney – IP, TP, PR
Flickinger, Weston – SP, TT, TS
Froehlicher, Brian – SP, TT, TS
Gagne, Emmanuel – SP, TT, IP, TP, SR, PR
Haas, Dean – SP, IP, TP, SR, PR
Hartley, Brody – SP, TT, TS
Hynes, Casey – TT, IP
MacPherson, Jenna – SP, TT, IP, TP, SR, PR
McElveen, Payson – SP, TT, IP
Noonan, Zack – IP, TP, SR, PR
Quinn, Erin – SP, TT, TS
Shore, Dominique – SP, TT, TS, SR
Standish, Ryan – SP, TT, IP
Thilen, Max – IP, TP, SR, PR
Results, great photos and stories of the trip can be found at http://cycling.fortlewis.edu, the FLC Cycling Team Facebook page and Twitter feed, @FLCCYLING.
More info on the 2015 Collegiate Track Nationals, as well as the race schedule and official results can be found at: https://www.usacycling.org/2014/collegiate-track-nationals.
The Fort Lewis College Foundation and the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team are proud to announce Brennan Buiso as the first recipient of the Stan Rabbe Memorial Cycling Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year.
Mr. Rabbe passed away on January 21, 2015, of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease, at the age of 65. He was an avid cyclist and runner and influenced many youths in Durango as a Middle/High School teacher, coach and counselor from 1984 until his retirement in 2002. It was his wish that a scholarship fund be set up for local cyclists attending Fort Lewis College while competing for the Cycling Team.
Brennan Buiso is a Durango local going into his Senior year at Fort Lewis College majoring in Business Administration. Brennan grew up racing BMX in Durango while also competing in bigger regional and national races. He joined FLC Cycling when BMX was added as a Collegiate cycling discipline in 2013 as a committed athlete and student. At the 2015 USA Cycling Collegiate BMX National Championships Brennan earned FLC’s best ever finish in the Division 1 Men’s race with a 10th place finish in a field of many Olympic hopefuls.
Brennan will serve as the lead pacer of “Stan the Marathon Man’s Alzheimer’s 5K Walk/Run” to benefit the Durango Alzheimer’s Association, which is scheduled for Saturday August 15th, 2015 at Santa Rita Park in Durango at 9am. For more information and to register: Click Here
The Stan Rabbe Cycling Scholarship is an endowed scholarship in the FLC Foundation and the Stan Rabbe Memorial 5K run on August 15th raises funds for the Athletes to End Alzheimer’s Scholarship at Fort Lewis College.
For more about the Fort Lewis College Foundation: http://www.fortlewis.edu/foundation
For more about Stan Rabbe and his legacy: Click Here
If you ever wanted the latest FLC kit now is the time. The order is open to all fans, families, alumni, etc. Great prices on the best Team Clothing through Champion Systems. Follow the instructions below and get yours now!
FLC Cycling Clothing Order Instructions and Beta:
Please take the time to follow the instructions below carefully and make sure you have paid for your items or they will not be shipped.
The FLC designs are available on any product you see in the store, from jerseys/jackets/vests to fleece bib knickers to Trail Shorts (NEW FOR THIS YEAR) to arm warmers and gloves, etc. Some of the more random accessories may have a minimum number ordered to be produced but any top or bottom will be made in time for the season. You can choose the $64 the standard jersey – CS Tech (just don’t do the club cut and the sleeveless won’t work for collegiate racing (usacycling rule)) to the $169 Razor Carbon version that is as high as tech gets. I have the $72 AirLite Short Sleeve jersey and it is great for riding when it is warmer or when racing.
I have tried on many of their items and sizing is fairly standard – since I (5’10”, 150lbs) am a MTBer I’ll get a Medium jersey – if I were primarily a roadie I’d get a Small and since I have chicken legs I’ll be getting Small bibs. Hey Ladies! – The new Donna line of jerseys and shorts are women specific! If you want to get all techy on sizing you can check out the charts: http://champ-sys.com/cycling/cycling-size-charts#.Ue7ytTnhEyE
Cody Stephan – Custom Apparel Specialist – Tel:(718)383-8855
Dave Hagen – FLC Cycling – 970-403-4842
The FLC Cycling Team has just finished the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) road racing season at Colorado Mesa University and has put together the team that’ll represent Fort Lewis College at USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals May 8-10 in Asheville, NC.
The Cycling Skyhawks finished second as a team to the University of Colorado Boulder in the final RMCCC Division 1 standings after 6 weekends of racing. “Our conference is very tough and has given us great preparation for Nationals,” says FLC Cycling Road Coach, Ian Burnett.
The FLC Cycling staff has spent most of the last 48 hours mulling over this season results, past results and the character of the large pool possible student athletes to represent. The following student athletes will compete in the Team Time Trial, Criterium and Road Race in and around Asheville, which is also the site for the 2016 Collegiate Road Natioanls. They will be looking to defend the Men’s Road Race and Team Time Trial titles they won last year in Richmond, VA. “Picking a Nationals Team out of so many deserving riders is one of the toughest parts of the job but I think we did a great job of picking riders best suited to the courses while also working well as a team”, said Coach Burnett, “things have been coming together for the team this Spring and if the breaks go our way we have a good shot at the team title.”
|Women – TTT=Team Time Trial, CR=Criterium, RR=Road Race|
|Sofia Gomez Villafane – JR – California – TTT, CR, RR|
|Casey Hines – SO – Colorado – TTT, RR|
|Dominique Shore – FR – Georgia – CR|
|Sydney Edmonson – FR – Colorado – TTT, CR, RR|
|Maddie Chaves – FR – Oregon – TTT, CR, RR|
|Nathan Seaford – FR – California – CR, RR|
|Dean Haas – JR – Colorado – TTT, CR, RR|
|Emmanuel Gagne – FR – Canada – CR|
|Ian McPherson – FR – Colorado – TTT, RR|
|Zack Noonan – SO – Pennsylvania – TTT, RR|
|Ryan Standish – SO – California – CR, RR|
|Max Thilen – SO – Florida – TTT, RR|
Wish the team luck at Nats and for the latest on the action be sure to keep an eye on http://cycling.fortlewis.edu for blog updates, the team Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FLCCyclingTeam
and twitter: @flccycling.
More info on USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals can be found at:
Click Here for race flyer that includes course maps. For Road Closure and traffic information scroll down a bit.
The Fort Lewis College Cycling Team will hold its annual Squawker Classic road racing events Saturday March 28th and Sunday the 29th. Collegiate cyclists from the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) will descend upon Durango for one of the toughest weekends of racing before USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Asheville, NC May 8-10. It is the 4th RMCCC conference race weekend of the spring season offering up a Team Time Trial, Criterium and a Road Circuit race for Division 1 archrivals University of Colorado-Boulder and Colorado State University and Division 2 powerhouse Colorado Mesa University. There is also USA Cycling category racing for locals to participate in.
The action will begin 8am Saturday morning March 28th with the “Morehart Murphy Team Time Trial.” Four-person collegiate teams and individual racers will start the intersection of River Road and CR 213 (La Posta) at one-minute intervals, finishing 13 miles later on La Posta just before Highway 550. An Individual Time Trail will be offered to citizen racers. Races will finish around 10:00am.
The “Durango Performance Center Criterium” has a new on campus venue for 2015 starting at 11:30am. The flat .7-mile course starts in front of Pine Hall on Skyhawk Ave, turns right onto Rim Drive then right onto 8th Ave., right onto Talon Dr. next to the Concert Hall and a final right turn back onto Skyhawk to the finish. Five collegiate and four citizen categories will speed around the course for varying amounts of time based on experience and ability. The action will be fast and fun! Racing concludes at 6pm.
Racing concludes on Sunday March 29 with the grueling “Coca-Cola Road Race,” starting at 8:00am on Rim Drive in front of the Education Business Hall. Travelling clockwise on Rim Dr. the course turns left on North Rim Drive (CR239) passing Hillcrest Golf Course then right on North College, through the roundabout, down Goeglein Gulch Road (CR238) and right on East 8th Avenue back to Rim Drive, completing the super tough 5-mile circuit. The amount of laps will be based on category ranging from 3-9 laps.
You can also keep up with the action on the team Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FLCCyclingTeam
Come watch your Skyhawk cyclists in action against our conference foes. The RMCCC conference schedule, results and standings can be found at http://www.rmccc.org/ and info on collegiate cycling is here: http://www.usacycling.org/collegiate/
Volunteers will gladly be accepted – 40+ are need in registration and as course marshals. Contact Dave Hagen at email@example.com if you would like to help
For the Time Trial on Saturday from 8-10am there may be short delays on CR 213 to allow riders to start and please use caution if travelling that direction.
For the Criterium on Saturday from 11am-6pm Skyhawk Ave. between Talon and Rim Dr. and 8th Ave between Rim Dr. and Talon will be closed to traffic in both directions. Rim Dr. between Skyhawk and 8th Ave. will have alternating traffic so some minor delays may be expected.
For the Road Race on Sunday to ensure a safe event for participants the following roads will be CLOSED to vehicles from 8am to 4pm:
- Southbound Goeglein Gulch between the Ft. Lewis Dr. roundabout and 8th Ave.
- 8th Ave. between College Dr. and the Rim Dr. traffic signal
- N. Rim Dr. (CR239) from N. College to Hillcrest Golf Course both directions, except resident access
Residents and businesses of Skyridge, Hillcrest, Hillcrest Estates, Hillcrest Apartments, Silver Peak Condos, Hillcrest Golfers and Fort Lewis College please take note:
The only way off the Mesa is via North College to Florida Rd. and the best way up is Goeglein Gulch.
Also, drivers that use N. College and Geoglein to access South Durango should use Florida Rd. to avoid getting turned around at the roundabout.
For more information contact Dave Hagen at HAGEN_D@fortlewis.edu
The Fort Lewis College Cycling Team will be attending the first Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) races of the 2015 season. The University of Wyoming and University of Denver are hosting races on the front-range with a Individual Time Trail, Team Time Trial and a Criterium on tap for the Skyhawks. It is the first test of the season that consists of 7 weekends of racing in preparation for USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Ashville, NC in early May.
The Varsity Team is bringing back 5 men and women from last years very successful 2nd place overall with 2 race wins (Men’s Road Race and Men’s Team Time Trial) at Nationals in Richmond, VA in 2014. Junior Dean Haas and Sophomores Zack Noonan and Max Thilen return for the men and Junior Maddie Chaves and Sophomore Syndey Edmonson are back for the women. The Skyhawks have many talented road racers that will be vying for a spot on the Nationals Team this year. Juniors Troy Meeker and Kolben Prebele were alternates on last years’ team and Freshman Lucas Wardein, Manny Gagne, Nathan Seaford and Dominique Shore bring much experience and talent to the squad.
The Skyhawks will also be hosting the 15 Annual Squawker Road Classic on March 28-29 featuring a variety of races in and around Durango. Saturday morning will bring the Team Time Trial down La Posta Road and in the afternoon a Criterium on the FLC Campus. Sunday brings the legendary road race that circles Rim Dr., Hillcrest Golf Course, down Goeglein and up the 8th Ave. hill as many as 9 times.
University of Wyoming
|Ft. Collins||TT, TTT|
University of Denver
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
|Fort Collins||RR, CR|
Fort Lewis College
|Durango||TTT, CR, RR|
US Air Force Academy
|C Springs||TTT, CR, RR|
University of Colorado
Colorado Mesa University
|Grand Junction||TTT, CR, RR|
|May 8-10||Asheville, NC|
You can stay updated on your Skyhawks in a variety of ways:
Registration is now open for the 2015 Durango Fall Blaze. The date is Saturday September 26th, 2015. Looking forward to seeing you all again to support Cycling Student/Athletes at Fort Lewis College. Please visithttp://www.fortlewis.edu/cycling/DurangoFallBlaze.aspx for more info and to register for the 2015 ride.
Fort Lewis College Cycling is proud to announce a new partnership with Cascade Bike Trainers. The team will use the trainers and rollers for indoor training sessions at the team’s Service Course on campus and also take them on their travels to 25 plus races per year. The Skyhawks are excited for the opportunity to have large organized indoor training sessions when the Colorado weather gets inclement and to also have enough trainers/rollers for the whole team to get a proper warm-up before races.
Cascade offers cyclists a better way to achieve peak performance with our FLUIDPRO BIKE TRAINERS, the new CMXPRO EXERCISE BIKES, and CASCADE BIKE ROLLERS. Backed with a LIFETIME WARRANTY, the Cascade FLUIDPro is one of the quietest fluid bike trainers available and its extremely stable. Plus, the patented Quick Connect System makes it very easy to use. POWER METER BIKE TRAINING is also available on the FLUIDPro POWER indoor bicycle trainer or the CMRPro POWER group exercise bike. http://www.cascadebiketrainers.com
Click the link below to see the team in some training action.
The FLC Cycling dead animal series of Time Trials starts Wednesday February 25th at 4:30pm at Mountain Madness (HWY550/CR203), then again at 4:30pm on 3/4. Then we’ll run two more of the those at 5:30pm (after the time change) March 11th and March 18th. Dead Squirrel – 15K loop, arrive warmed up and ready to start. North on CR203, right on Trimble Ln., quick right onto HWY550 south, hairpin right onto CR203 at Mountain Madness, finish at start.On March 25th we’ll start the Dead Elk TT at Trimble Crossing starting at 5:30pm and continuing the next three Wednesdays – April 1st, 8th and 15th. Dead Elk – 22K loop, park in Ace Hardware lot lot, start at back of Ace hardware, west on Trimble Ln., right on HWY550 north, right on CR250 (NO SHALONA), keep right over Baker’s Bridge, right on Trimble Ln. (CR252), finish at start.Collegiates will be working on Team Time Trials at many of the events – community riders also feel free to put TTT teams together – it’s a blast!FREE TO ALL!! But gifts to FLC Cycling are greatly appreciated, easy to do online: https://apps.fortlewis.edu/makeagift and type in “Cycling Club Fund”Pass onto others.Dead Squirrel2/25/15 4:30pm Mountain Madness3/4/15 4:30pm Mountain Madness3/11/15 5:30pm Mountain Madness3/18/15 5:30pm Mountain MadnessDead Elk3/24/15 5:30pm Trimble Crossing4/1/15 5:30pm Trimble Crossing4/8/15 5:30pm Trimble Crossing4/15/15 5:30pm Trimble Crossing
What would Snowdown be with out the roller races! We will be running the standard 15 minutes, 2 up, head to head races on the main stage at the Irish Embassy!
When: January 28th 6:00pm
Where: Irish Embassy
900 Main Ave
Durango CO 81301
Pre Registration at firstname.lastname@example.org
Day of sign up starting at 2pm @ Irish Embassy
For more info email email@example.com
Seeking their 22nd national title, Fort Lewis College Cycling heads to Austin, TX this weekend to contest the 2015 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships of Cyclocross (CX). The Skyhawks will compete in the Collegiate Team Relay on Friday at 4:50pm CST. Then Saturday, the Women race the rest of the Division 1 teams in the country at 12:30pm CST and the Men toe the line at 2:20pm CST. The main objective- the Team Omnium title where each collegiate race is scored then totaled to determine the overall team points leader. With that said, FLC has a few riders that can compete for the win and that goes a long way for Team Omnium points. Fort Lewis has won two CX national championships in the past, 18xD1 Mountain Bike, 1xD2 Road title and had many individual National Champions in all disciplines.
Sofia Gomez Villafane returns as the Skyhawks top CX racer. She
finished 2nd in the 2014 Collegiate D1 race and is looking to move up one step on the podium. Local Austinite and Skyhawk Mountain Bike stud Payson McElveen has picked up CX this year then won the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Championship so he gets a front row call up, had top results in Dallas last weekend and has something to prove to his hometown crowd. Freshman Ian McPhearson is a very experience CX racer from Boulder and has a good chance to get on the podium.
The complete Fort Lewis College Cycling Cyclocross Nationals Team.
Kolben Preble – Jr.
Skyler Trujillo – Jr.
Payson McElveen – Jr.
Cody Cupp – Jr.
Ryan Standish – Jr.
Ian McPhearson – Fr.
Spencer Downing – Fr.
Jon Anderson – Fr.
Sofia Gomez Villafane – Jr.
Maddie Chaves – So.
McCauley Smith – Fr.
Cara Woods – Fr.
The team will be coached by Elke Brutsaert and Ian Burnett with Dave Hagen as Director. Team Staff will include mechanics Jon Bailey, Garrett Alexander and Allie Burnett.
Welcome Greg Thomas as he covers the Skyhawks through the weekend with word and photos on http://cycling.fortlewis.edu. Keep tabs on Facebook @FLC Cycling Team and on Instagram @flccycling and on Twitter @flccycling. Go Skyhawks!
There’ll also be many other Durango locals racing down in Austin in Age-group categories and Lite fields – wish all of the good luck.
For more info on 2015 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships: https://www.usacycling.org/2015/cyclo-cross-nationals
FLC Cycling Director – Dave Hagen – 970-403-4842, firstname.lastname@example.org
The incredible cycling community of Durango is getting together on Wednesday December 3rd 5:30-8:30pm at Carver Brewing Company, 1022 Main Ave. We’ll honor the champions of the year and all the sponsors/supporters that make the cycling community what it is. $1 from every root beer and beer purchase will go to the DEVO and FLC Cycling programs. Hope to see you there.
It is all set in stone – check out the link and poster at:
On Saturday the the Cross Country and Downhill were contested at the 2014 Collegiate MTB Nationals with FLC getting 3 riders on the podium.
Becky Gardner defended her Downhill national title with a win the women’s race with teammate Leila Carrillo taking 3rd place and Sofia Gomez Villafane taking 6th. Those placings earned the Lady Hawks 1st as a team.
The en’s cross-country was the first race of the day that included 6 laps of a 3.5 mile course with a very significant climb to start. CU’s Sepp Kuss took the win for his second national title of the weekend. Payson McElveen was the first FLC rider with a 5th place finish. After riding in the top 5 for most of the day Stephan Davoust earned 7th and his teammates Mike Sampson and Levi Kurlander got 15th and 16th respectively.
In the women’s XC Sofia Gomez Villafane started strong but faded with leg cramps as the race continued around for 5 laps and ended up 6th. Jenna MacPherson shone bright in her first season on mountain biking and picked ladies off all day for 7th place. The Endersbe sisters rode strong to finish 16th and 18th respectively for Carley and Libbey. Cara Woods had a tough day and ended up 23rd in the 30 rider field.
In the Men’s downhill Brian White finished 9th, Joe Crosby 11th, Andrew Fortini 14th and Zach Graveson got a flat half way down the course to finish a disappointing 18th.
On tap for the final day is the Team Relay and the crowd pleasing Dual Slalom. FLC sits 53 points behind the leader, CU, and has a a 46 point cushion on third place Marian. FLC rider Mike Sampson leads the individual omnium after competing in all three races contested so far and Sofia Gomez Villafane sits in 2nd in the womb’s omnium.
The FLC Cycling team sits in 2nd place after the first 2 events of Collegiate MTB Nationals in Beech Mountain, NC. The Men’s and Women’s short track cross country races were held this morning under clear skies and relatively warm temperatures (compared to last year at the same venue). The Buffaloes of CU are leading in the team omnium standings after stellar performances by 2 native Durangoans, Sepp Kuss (1st for the men) and Emily Schaldach (2nd for the women).
Skyhawks Stephan Davoust and Sofia Gomez Villafane each earned 3rd place finishes in their respective races. Payson McElveen followed Stephan in 4th place, Levi Kurlander 9th and Michael Sampson 12th. Following Sofia for FLC was Jenna MacPherson in 11th, Cara Woods in 13th, Carley Endersbe 18th and Libbey Endersbe in 21st.
Second place is a solid place to be with 3 events left to be contested for each gender the Cross Country and Downhill on Saturday, the Dual Slalom on Sunday and a 4th event, the Coed team relay, also on Sunday. It is a better situation then the cycling Skyhawks were in last year after day 1 and again this year they are counting on consistency and depth to defend their team overall omnium title (FLC is join for its 9th consecutive omnium title this year).
For timely results (not necessarily official ) check out and like the FLC Cycling Team Facebook page or on twitter @FLCCYCLING. For official results and complete coverage of the 2014 Collegiate MTB Nationals go to usacycling.org
Here are some photos of todays action:
Fort Lewis College Cycling has chosen the team that will represent the Skyhawks at the upcoming 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Beech Mtn., NC on Oct. 24-26. The team will be seeking it’s 9th consecutive Collegiate MTB title and 22nd overall team title. These are some of the toughest decisions that the coaches (Nick Gould, Elke Brutsaert, Justin Biser, Phil Cowan and Lucas LeMaire) ever have to make simply because there are so many talented riders to choose from.
Last weekend in Grand Junction at Colorado Mesa University’s home meet he Skyhawks got 2nd in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) team final standings behind the University of Colorado. FLC rider Stephan Davoust collected two individual conference titles in Endurance and Omnium. Having such good competition in the RMCCC is great preparation for the National competitions against not only top RMCCC teams but also teams from perennial national powerhouses Marian University, host Lees McRae College and Lindsay Wilson College.
At Nationals FLC will compete in Gravity events – Downhill (DH) and Dual Slalom (DS) and Endurance events, Cross Country (XC) and Short Track XC (ST). Team Relay (TR) is an endurance event where 3-4 riders compete in a 4-lap race with a female competing at least 2 laps. Each Collegiate team is allowed to bring 8 riders of each gender to compete in these events and it usually boils down to 4 riders per gender per discipline. Some riders are very adept at both Gravity and Endurance and will be competing in both disciplines in search of an Individual Omnium (IO) title. Becky Gardner will be defending the DH title she won at last year’s event and Sofia Gomez Villafane will be defending her IO crown.
There are a few ways to keep up with the team before and during the competitions. The team’s blog site will have daily pictures and updates at http://cycling.fortlewis.edu, on Facebook by liking http://www.facebook.com/FLCCyclingTeam or following on Twitter @FLCCYCLING. The complete schedule, official results and reports can be found on http://usacycling.org.
Becky Gardener , Junior– DH, DS
Leila Carrillo, Junior – DH, DS
Zach Graveson, Junior – DH, DS
Brian White, Junior – DH, DS
Joe Crosby, Junior – DH, DS
Andrew Fortini, Senior – DH, DS
Sofia Gomez Villafane, Junior – XC, ST, DH, DS, TR, IO
Cara Woods, Freshman – XC, ST
Jenna MacPherson, Sophomore – XC, ST, TR
Carley Endersbe, Freshman – XC, ST
Libbey Endersbe, Freshman – XC, ST
Payson McElveen, Junior – XC, ST, TR
Stephan Davoust, Sophomore – XC, ST, DS, TR
Levi Kurlander, Sophomore – XC, ST
Michael Sampson, Junior – XC, ST, DH, DS, IO
Please wish the team luck on their travels and performances.
For more info contact:
Dave Hagen – FLC Cycling Administrator
FLC Cycling’s short track season is once again coming to an end with USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis, IN, September 25-28, 2014. The cycling Skyhawks rapped up training with the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) championships in Colorado Springs at 7/11 Velodrome September 13-14. The RMCCCTrack Championships consisted of 5 events: points race, scratch race, miss and out, men’s and women’s team pursuits and collegiate team sprint. Results can be found on USA Cycling http://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2014-3021
Track Coach Ian Burnett and the cycling staff have named the team that’ll head to Indy. He says “we are bringing the deepest, most experienced team to Track Nats that FLC has ever produced.” The team is led by defending track individual omnium champion Zach Noonan (Jr.). Dean Haas (Jr.), 2013 scratch race champion, Max Thilen (Soph.) and Troy Meeker (Jr.) are returning members of the 2013 team pursuit team that captured 2nd last year. FLC has several promising young freshman Weston Flickinger (Fr.), Lucas Wardein (Fr.) and Emmanuel Gagne (Fr.) that will complete the squad.
The Women’s team is led by Ivie Crawford (Sr.), who brings a lot of track experience, along with Maddie Chaves (Soph.) as the two returning members of the 2013 team. Sophomores Jenna MacPherson and Sydney Edmonson join Crawford and Chaves on the Women’s Team Pursuit Team and in the endurance events. The final member of the Women’s team is Dominique Shore (Fr.), who spent the whole summer at the 7-11 Velodrome and is showing great promise in the sprint events.
Results, great photos and stories of the trip can be found at http://cycling.fortlewis.edu, the FLC Cycling Team Facebook page and Twitter feed, @FLCCYLING.
More info on the 2014 Collegiate Track Nationals, as well as the race schedule and official results can be found at: https://www.usacycling.org/2014/collegiate-track-nationals.